In the latest drought monitor released by the Drought Mitigation Center, abnormally dry conditions have once again crept into the Palmetto state. The southern tip of Jasper and Beaufort Counties, equal to .34% of the state is now reporting abnormally dry conditions. The remainder of the state is drought free.
Final Two Road Show Meetings Set
The Blacklands Road show is coming to a close with meetings in Aurora at Sid Cayton’s Farm Show on Highway 33 East on Tuesday, February 2nd, then the final meeting is next Tuesday, February 9th in the Ponzer meeting at the Community Building in Belhaven. All meetings have the same format and information and get underway at 9:30 am and wrap up with lunch at noon, then for those interested in pesticide applicator “V” training, that gets underway at 1:00 pm wrapping up at 3:00. For more information contact your local Extension office.
USDA Offers Grants to Support Higher Education Efforts in Agriculture
USDA announced more than $18 million in grants to support fellowship and higher education training projects. Focusing on food, nutrition, natural resources and agriculture fields, the grants will support pre- and post-doctoral fellowships, undergraduate fellowships and professional development for secondary school teachers and educational professionals. The funding comes from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Applications for pre- and post-doctoral fellowships are due February 11th, 2016, while applications for undergraduate fellowships are due March 24th, 2016. Visit NIFA dot USDA dot gov to learn more (www.http://nifa.usda.gov/).
El Niño Could Quickly Transition to La Niña This Year
The current El Niño weather pattern could be shifting quickly to the La Niña weather pattern later this year. Senior agriculture meteorologist for MDA Weather Services Kyle Tapley says that weather models “now show full-fledged La Niña conditions by the summer.” Recent weather models show El Niño heading towards a “rapid decay” this spring with the La Niña weather event quickly following. La Niña typically brings hotter and dryer weather to North America during the summer months.